Videos

March 9th: Vineyard Soil Health Symposium

Sonoma County Farm Bureau, 3589 Westwind Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403 This panel-style event brings producers and researchers together for a critical discussion of soil conservation practices. What practices are appropriate for the North Coast, and what results are...

Indian Springs Ranch

Indian Springs Ranch

This site demonstration is examining the effects of tillage on soil health and carbon sequestration in vineyard soil.

North Coast Soil Health Hub FACTSHEET

Read and share this fact sheet –> NC_SoilHealthHub_Factsheet_2017 to find out about the goals, benefits, purpose, and ways to participate with the North Coast Soil Health Hub.

Bulk Density

Soils with low bulk density are generally more suitable for agriculture, since the high pore space has a greater potential to store water and allow roots to grow more readily.

Composting Winery Waste

The composting of winery waste is an alternative to the traditional disposal of residues, and also involves a commitment to reducing the production of waste products.

Cornell University: Climate Smart Farming

Cornell University: Climate Smart Farming

Nationwide there are efforts to build climate smart communities. While our North Coast Hub has been working to make this website into a robust, information sharing platform, we came across Cornell's effort. The model is very similar to what we are trying to achieve....

COMET Planner

COMET Planner

Modeling tool for estimating green house gases and soil carbon in farm systems

Total Organic Carbon

Total organic carbon is a measure of the carbon contained within soil organic matter. Soil organic matter plays a key role in nutrient cycling and can help improve soil structure.

LandSmart Practices Fact Sheets

LandSmart Practices Fact Sheets

Factsheets on the greenhouse gas benefits of specific NRCS Conservation Practice Standards, and their applicability in vineyards.

Managing Cover Crops Profitably Manual

Managing Cover Crops Profitably Manual

The book explores how and why cover crops work and provides a framework for building cover crops into any farming operation. The book covers broader topics such as – crop rotation, managing for pests and weeds, and conservation tillage; while also providing detailed management information for the most commonly used species.

NRCS Plant Materials Program Technical Publications

NRCS Plant Materials Program Technical Publications

“The Plant Materials Program is an extensive listing of technical publications organized by topics such as Climate Change, Cover Crops and Soil Health, Drought Tolerance, Nutrient Management, and others.” Recommended by Cornell University

NASA Science for a Hungry World

NASA Science for a Hungry World

"The NASA “Science for a Hungry World” video series covers the challenges surrounding feeding an ever growing population and how climate change exacerbates those challenges. The first video in the series provides a wonderful overview of climate change and how it...

Southwest Climate Hub Website

Southwest Climate Hub Website

"The USDA Southwest Climate Hub, located at the Jornada Experimental Range ARS research unit, assists farmers, ranchers and forest landowners in coping with the impacts of climate variability. These impacts include extreme drought, wildfire, tree mortality, increased...

Vineyard Ramblings: Mendocino Winegrowers to host economic summit

Find the original article location here.  By Bernadette Byrne POSTED: 04/03/17, 11:16 PM PDT •“What You Need to Know to Drive Success in 2017 and Beyond” Thursday, May 11, at Ukiah Valley Conference Center MWI is bringing together some of the sharpest talents in the...

Earth Day celebrated among Green Valley wines

Original article location can be found here.    KEVIN MCCALLUM THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | April 23, 2017 Often critiqued for their outsized impact on a changing environment, farmers are actually key to helping California achieve its aggressive conservation and...

Napa vintners begin to take a page from cutting-edge UC Davis winery

Original article location can be found here.  DAVIS — On a recent afternoon at UC Davis, Dr. Roger Boulton stepped out of the day’s 90-degree heat and into the cool respite of the Jess J. Jackson Sustainable Winery building on the south end of campus. Once inside,...

News

LOCAL CALIFORNIA AROUND THE WORLD

Is soil the great new integrator?

From the drought-plagued Valle del Cauca in Colombia to the High Plains of West Texas, farmers are learning to work with the land instead of against it.

Soil Health Partnership to expand to 100 farm sites for 2017

http://soilhealthpartnership.org/news-releases.html March 7, 2017 Soil Health Partnership to expand to 100 farm sites for 2017 In large soil health data project, enrolled farmers serve as agents of change in agriculture (ST. LOUIS) March 7, 2017 – This year, 35 more...

Mendocino County

Mendocino County

Mendocino County is a world leader in certified organically-grown grapes.

Napa County

Napa County

Napa Valley is known for its dedication to land stewardship and world-class wines.

Sonoma County

Sonoma County

Sonoma County is committed to 100% of their vineyards being certified sustainable by 2019.

Carbon Farming

Carbon Farming

LandSmart Template: Identify emissions/reductions of greenhouse gases and soil carbon.

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Ferrington Vineyard

Ferrington Vineyard

Ongoing field trial testing tilling regimes, and developing a carbon farm plan.

UC Davis World Food Center: Climate Smart Farming

UC Davis World Food Center: Climate Smart Farming

"California farmers are working closely with UC Davis researchers on breeding drought-tolerant crops, reducing tillage and applying cover crops to encourage resilience and using agricultural land to recharge groundwater basins and restore aquifers. Emerging...